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FAI "absolutely committed" to hosting Euro 2020 games this summer

Football Association of Ireland chief executive Jonathan Hill says they remain confident of hosting...


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FAI "absolutely committed" to hosting Euro 2020 games this summer


Football Association of Ireland chief executive Jonathan Hill says they remain confident of hosting four games at this summer's Euro 2020 in Dublin. 

The Aviva Stadium is set to be the venue for three group stages games and one match in the knockout stages.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed yesterday that UEFA President Alexander Ceferin is "thinking about whether it wouldn't make more sense in these times to play the tournament in just one country".

In response, European football's governing body has confirmed that they're considering scenarios where the delayed multi-city tournament could be played with partially full stadiums or behind closed doors and that a final decision will be made in March.

"We are still absolutely committed to the delivery of four matches across Euro 2020 which is taking place this summer," FAI CEO Hill told a Sport in Business webinar this morning.

"I definitely want the FAI and Irish football, Irish people overall to put our best foot forward in relation to that and it's a great kickstart to the centenary year.

"There's a date, March 5th is what UEFA are talking to all of the cities about and to be clear, they are committed to each of those 12 cities and to that concept, but it would be foolish to say that there aren't challenges to a concept that was created a number of years ago, pre-pandemic.

"We here in Ireland will always follow government advice and the directives from Nphet, we will need to work hard so we can deliver, fingers crossed, the maximum number of attendees into the stadium itself.

"UEFA have some big decisions to make but clearly for UEFA, number one they want to get the tournament away, which they will do, even if it has to happen behind closed doors but I don't think that will be the case, from a commercial that's extremely important in relation to the broadcast side of things



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